Karachi: Police short of leads as death toll rises
KARACHI: While the authorities failed to make any major breakthrough in the investigations, the death toll of the bomb blast in Landhi’s town Quaidabad area rose to 10 on Tuesday when 18-year-old Jalilullah, son of Jameeluddin, died at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
Funeral prayers were held on Tuesday morning for two of the bombing victims, Ashraf Ali (13) and Sulaiman (65), who were later laid to rest at the Sherpao graveyard. Meanwhile, the remains of seven victims — Asad Ali (13), Irfan (22), Zahir Shah (28), Mohammed Asfar (30), Bakhat Zaman (35) and Mumtaz Ali (40) — were sent to the NWFP to their native towns of Swat and Swabi. The body of nine-year-old Umair is being kept at the Edhi morgue and he will be buried on Wednesday (today), said the police. The body of Jalilullah, who died on Tuesday, was sent to Quetta.
Statistics compiled by the police showed that other than Omair, who belonged to Faisalabad, and Jalilullah who was from Quetta, the rest of the victims belonged to the NWFP.
To aid in the investigations, the police have collected the remains of the motorcycle in which the explosive device had been planted. “Hundreds of local residents gathered at the crime scene and helped the police collect the small pieces and fragments of the motorcycle,” SP Landhi Azad Khan told Dawn. The police elicited the help of motorcycle mechanics who sorted through the parts and identified their placing in the vehicle. Small ball-bearings and one-inch nails used in the explosive device have also been collected from the crime scene.
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